Digital cameras have changed the face of photography for both amateurs and professionals; the advent of film-free cameras and photo manipulation software has revolutionized the art of taking photographs. Classic film photography has by no means died out, however - many experts still prefer to use a film camera for certain types of shot, and some qualities attainable in film are as yet unmatched by digital pictures. This comprehensive book addresses the art of both film and digital photography, providing the enthusiast with information on everything from understanding aperture and focus to manipulating images for maximum effect on a computer. Every key aspect of photography is described and illustrated in this book. From the very basics of how to hold a camera and use a tripod, and knowing which films or lenses to buy, to advanced computer manipulation of images and knowing what kind of software you need for picture storage and sharing, readers are given expert advice to help make the right purchases, and get the most out of the kit they own. Creative guidance is given to help amateurs advance their photography to a new level - framing and setting up shots, choosing the most effective point of view, and looking for texture, light, shape and composition opportunities. Issues such as depth of field and shutter speed are discussed with illustrations and example shots, and readers are invited to 'Try it Yourself', with simple exercises that enable them to fully get to grips with each technique. Taking photographs as you learn is the best way to start building up a good portfolio. The book is packed with example photographs, each with a commentary about how the shot was achieved and what makes it good or bad. Learning to identify areas for improvement, as well as knowing what makes a picture great, are key to advancing your photography skills.
John Freeman is one of the world's best known and highly-regarded photographers. Based in London, he works regularly in the field of publishing for both books and magazines. Steve Luck has won prizes for photography in publications and photography shows, has had a portfolio of images published in the national Amateur Photographer magazine and has exhibited his work in an art gallery in Lyme Regis.